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Bouchra Ouizguen’s Corbeaux U.S. Tour
Like a murder of crows or a conspiracy of ravens, 20 multigenerational women dressed in black
rhythmically yip, bay and caw with primal, ritualistic intensity, the front ties of their white head kerchiefs
pecking up and down like beaks. Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen created Corbeaux
(“Ravens”) as a one-off performance at the Marrakesh train station during the 2014 Biennale of Contemporary Art. (She may have had the invisibility of Muslim women in mind while making it.) But the
controlled animalism and intentionality of the work have, in three short years, found resonance with
audiences around the world. Presented in nontheatrical spaces by a combined cast of local performers
and members of Ouizguen’s Compagnie O, Corbeaux rivets viewers with the power of its nonverbal,
unison percussive quality. It conveys the urgency of female experience en masse, while tapping into
the ferocity that drives all attempts at greater individual agency. Time-Based Art Festival, Portland, Sept.
9–10. Contemporary Art
Center, Cincinnati, Sept.
16–17. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Sept.
23–24. French Institute
Alliance Française, New
York City, Oct. 1.
To create Shyamali: Sprouting Words,
Ananya Dance Theatre worked with
women in diverse communities throughout
the world to elicit their stories of resistance
and resilience. The dancers also participated
in social justice protests, forged school
partnerships focusing on girls of color and
led workshops with women refugees and
immigrants. The resulting production grips
viewers with an articulate, harrowing and
ultimately uplifting choreographic conversation about the multidimensional ways in
which women’s dissent ultimately contributes to the world’s life force. Following the
St. Paul, Minnesota, premiere Sept. 15–16,
the work travels to Kelly-Strayhorn Theater,
Pittsburgh; University of Utah, Salt Lake City;
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului, Hawaii;
Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles; and
Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia.
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